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In recent years, the interest in the digitization of higher education has grown significantly. Nevertheless, extensive funding programs have not lead to a significant embedding of e-learning in higher education institutions so far, but show the necessity of low-threshold and quality-assured support.

This is the aim of the qualification and information portal It specifically targets university lecturers and those responsible for e-learning at universities in German-speaking areas. By providing extensive and scientifically based content, the portal supports the integration of digital media into university teaching and encourages the testing of innovative teaching scenarios.

In its eight sections, the portal provides a wide range of topics such as didactical, technological and organizational aspects. The content is regularly being extended and updated. The presentation formats include texts, audios and video features, online events with e-learning experts and more as well as an extensive social media service. Acknowledging the necessity of strong partnerships, cooperates with more than 100 universities in German-speaking countries. The community section of the portal offers the over 7.000 members a broad range of functions. performs three main functions for the IWM: It is a sensor for current e-learning trends as well as a tool for transfer and for research. Therefore, the central tasks of the editorial team include the identification of promising ways to utilize knowledge media for learning, which allows the IWM to identify current trends at an early stage and to take up relevant issues in research. Ever since its beginning, also served to communicate research results of the IWM to the public.

Since its launch in 2003, has been funded by various institutions in several project phases. Since January 2014, has been financed by budget resources of the IWM.



More than 100 partner universities and academic associations


Thillosen, A. (2019). Digitale Lehr- und Lernszenarien. Hagen: FernUniversität in Hagen (Kursnummer 33062)

Arnold, P., Kilian, K., Thillosen, A., & Zimmer, G. (Eds.). (2018). Handbuch E-Learning: Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann.

Arnold, P., Kumar, S. Schön, S. Ebner, M., & Thillosen, A. (2015). A MOOC on Open Educational Resources as an Open Educational Resource: COER13. In J. R. Corbeil, M. E. Corbeil, & B. H. Khan (Eds.), The MOOC case book: case studies in MOOC design, development and implementation (pp. 247-258). Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Publications

Thillosen, A. (2011). ein Informationsportal zur Unterstützung von E-Learning an deutschen Hochschulen. Rückblick, Erfahrungen und Perspektiven. Ludwigsburger Beiträge zur Medienpädagogik, 14, 1-5, online.


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